Dennis James Cauthen, Fire Chief

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Chief Cauthen and the members of his fire department responded to a fire in a structure at approximately 0300hrs on August 16, 2011. Chief Cauthen drove an engine to the scene and operated the pump at the fire scene. While at the fire scene, Chief Cauthen complained of heartburn-like symptoms. While returning to quarters, firefighters stopped to get him something to drink in hopes of relieving his heartburn. When firefighters arrived back at the fire station, Chief Cauthen's condition worsened. He was transported to the hospital but later died. The cause of his death was a heart attack. Incident Location: 937 15th Street, Lancaster, SC (USNG: 17S NU 2075 4113)

Department information

Elgin Fire Department
PO Box 1809, 114 Tram RD
USNG: 17S NU 2552 3709
Lancaster, South Carolina 29720-9594

Dennis James Cauthen was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 54
Rank: Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: August 16, 2011 03:00
Date of death: August 16, 2011
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After
Fixed property use: Residential